January 29th, 2009

One good meeting

Since Joe and I have pretty much determined that this will, in fact, be my last pregnancy, I had the "getting fixed" talk with my OB. I know you have to have the consent forms in your file before you go in to give birth, just in case you have an emergency c-section. Most women figure, if I'm already open, go ahead and do it. I asked her for the forms. No such luck.

Now Kaiser is a pain in the ass about these sorts of things. They make you go to a class. I have been to so many useless classes over the years its not even funny. The only good thing is that they usually end up being a good time to stitch.

Yesterday I went to the Sterlization Class I got loaded up with information that almost any monkey could have pulled up on teh intarwebs. Boring! But at the very end, she brought up something I didn't know about.

A non-surgical method of female sterlization. Its called Essure. This thing is fricking cool. Its a 1.5 inch long micro coil made of nickel and titanium, its placed in the fallopian tubes during an office visit. The only anesthesia needed is a local to the cervix. The coil irritates the tissue of the tubes, which creates scar tissue. The tube actually gives the scar tissue a structure to grow around. Takes about 3 months for the falliopian tubes  to completely close up. The really cool thing? No recovery time. None of that "rest for 24-48 hours, no sex, no heavy lifting" thing that happens with both a vasectomy and a surgical tubal. You go see your Doctor, the entire procedure takes 10 minutes, and boom! You're done. Minor pain, go about your day, go back to work the next day. Oh, and so far, in the 8 years since its been released, 0% failure rate.

I am so going to do this. With 4 kids...who the hell can take a couple of days to recover?